India

16 killed, 50 injured in truck accident in north-eastern India

At least 16 people were killed Sunday and 50 injured when the truck they were travelling in overturned on a curve and hit a barrier on the side of the road, police in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya said.

New Delhi shocked at reports of Indian national dead in US shooting

India was in shock and dismay Friday at the news of the death of an Indian engineer in an alleged racially motivated killing in the United States earlier this week.

Norway's telecom group Telenor to leave Indian market

Norwegian telecommunications group Telenor said Thursday it was leaving the Indian telecom market and transferring its businesses there to Bharti Airtel.

Chandrasekaran takes over as new chief of India's Tata group

Natarajan Chandrasekaran took over as the chairman of Tata Sons - the holding company that controls India's largest conglomerate, the Tata group - on Tuesday, following a lengthy management feud surrounding the sacking of the former chief.

India launches record 104 satellites in single mission

India's space agency launched 104 satellites, including 101 foreign payloads into orbit on Wednesday, setting a new world record and underlining the country's ambitious space goals.

Croatia, India sign economic cooperation agreement

Croatian Economy and Enterprise Minister Martina Dalic and Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman signed an agreement on economic cooperation between the two governments in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Seven killed in Kashmir clashes, including one civilian

Two Indian Army soldiers and four suspected militants were killed Sunday in a gun battle in the Kulgam area of India-administered Kashmir, police said.

Heaviest woman - at 500 kg - leaves Egypt for treatment in Mumbai

A 36-year-old Egyptian woman - reportedly the heaviest in the world, at 500 kilograms - reached Mumbai Saturday in a cargo plane with hopes high that several rounds of surgery could help her reduce weight.

Voting begins in first phase of key Indian elections

Mammoth seven-phase elections began in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh Saturday with early voters trickling into booths in several major cities including Agra, Mathura and districts bordering the Indian capital.

Pakistanis mark Kashmir Day with protests, one minute of silence

One minute of silence was observed across Pakistan to mark the annual remembrance of Kashmir Day on Sunday in a show solidarity with people of the disputed territory.

Millions set to vote as state polls open in India

Voters queued up Saturday in the states of Punjab and Goa, in India's north and west, as polls opened for the first in a series of five state-level elections set to take place over the next weeks.

Apple to assemble iPhones in India, technology minister says

Apple will begin assembling iPhones in India's tech hub of Bangalore over the next few months as the US company makes inroads into one of the world's fastest growing mobile markets.

Indian minister pledges aid for poor, praises withdrawl of bank notes

The Indian government revealed plans on Wednesday to push spending and poverty alleviation schemes in rural areas in the upcoming fiscal year to try offset the economic setback of removing high-value currency notes from circulation.

Indian IT stocks slump over US visa reform bill

Shares in India's major IT companies fell Tuesday after local media reported on a US bill that would make it more expensive for firms to replace American employees with workers from foreign countries.

5 Indian soldiers rescued, 21 people dead in Kashmir snowfall

Five soldiers trapped under snow in the Machil area of India-administered Kashmir have been rescued, an army spokesman said Saturday, amid fresh avalanche warnings for the region.

India celebrates Republic Day amid tight security and terrorism fears

India showcased its military might and cultural heritage as it celebrated its 68th Republic Day on Thursday amid heavy security and terrorist threats.

India plans to measure Everest to see if earthquake shrank it

The Indian government plans to measure the height of Mount Everest in order to put to rest speculation that a powerful earthquake in 2015 may have caused it to shrink, an official said Wednesday.

39 killed, 50 injured as train derails in southern India

At least 39 people were killed and 50 injured when a passenger train derailed in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said Sunday.

Indians form 'longest human chain' to protest alcohol use in Bihar

Millions of people in India's eastern state of Bihar joined hands on Saturday to demonstrate against alcohol consumption, in an act officials called "the world's longest human chain."

12 children dead after school bus collides with truck in India

At least 12 children were killed and 24 more injured after a school bus they were travelling in collided with a truck in northern India on Thursday, police said.

Angered Indians demand Gandhi flip-flops be removed from Amazon

Flip-flops depicting independence leader Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon have triggered anger with Indians, who took to social media over the weekend to demand their immediate removal.

25 dead in India after boat capsizes in Ganges

At least 25 people were confirmed dead on Sunday after a boat capsized in the Ganges river in eastern India, police and rescue officials said.

18 people dead after overcrowded boat capsizes in India

At least 18 people drowned Saturday when a packed boat carrying at least 40 people capsized in the Ganga river near the eastern Indian town of Patna, police said.

India's SpiceJet to buy 205 Boeing jets in 22-billion-dollar deal

Indian budget airline SpiceJet will purchase 205 planes worth 22 billion dollars from US manufacturer Boeing, one of the biggest orders ever made by an Indian airline, according to an agreement announced Friday.

Vin Diesel in India for release of 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Hollywood action star Vin Diesel arrived in India on Thursday to promote his film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," being released there a week ahead of the rest of the world.

India demands apology from Amazon for insulting flag, warns of action

India on Wednesday demanded an apology from retail giant Amazon for selling doormats featuring its national flag and warned it would cancel visas of company officials unless the products were withdrawn.

Several women allegedly raped by police in restive Indian state

Police in India's insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh state raped and physically assaulted at least 16 women in 2015 and 2016, the country's top rights panel has found in an initial probe.

Bangalore police find no sign of mass molestations on New Year's Eve

There was no evidence of molestation of women on a large scale during New Year's Eve revelry in the Indian city of Bangalore, but five cases had been registered, police commissioner Praveen Sood said Thursday.

Reported assaults in Bangalore lead to 4 arrests, "safer" city pledge

Four people have been arrested in connection with sexual assaults on women during New Year's eve revelry in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, the minister in charge of law and order said Thursday.

New video emerges amid reports of New Year sex assaults in Bangalore

Days after reports of widespread sexual assaults on women during New Year's eve celebrations in Bangalore, a new video emerged Wednesday showing two men attacking a lone woman on a street.

India court bars parties from using religion, caste in seeking votes

Politicians may not use references to religion or caste when seeking votes, ruled India's Supreme Court on Monday, weighing in on a clutch of petitions dating back to the 1990s.

India tests powerful nuclear-capable missile

India on Monday successfully tested its nuclear-capable Agni-IV ballistic missile from a base off its eastern coast, officials said.

Death toll rises to 16 in India mine collapse

New Delhi  (dpa) -  The bodies of 16 workers were recovered from a collapsed mine in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, officials said Saturday.

Modi promises to ease cash crisis in India, announces sops

Indian Premier Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to ease the cash crisis triggered by the government's shock move to discontinue high denomination notes even as he announced incentives for the poor and farmers.

11 dead, more feared trapped in accident at India state-owned mine

At least 11 workers were killed and several still believed to be trapped after a coal mine collapsed in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, officials said Friday.

Nepal police bust kidney smuggling racket, arrest three

Police in Nepal have arrested three men in connection with a kidney smuggling racket allegedly luring jobless people to hospitals in India to have their kidneys removed and sold, a police official said Friday.

Over 60 injured as train derails in north India; police say 2 dead

More than 60 passengers were injured when a train derailed in northern India on Wednesday with the police saying two people were dead.

India tests longest-range nuclear-capable missile

India on Monday successfully tested Agni-5, its longest-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, officials said.

Pakistan releases 220 Indian fishermen on Christmas Day

Pakistan Sunday released 220 Indian fishermen arrested for entering the country's territorial waters, officials said.

Indian PM Modi lays foundation of controversial statue off Mumbai

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation of a controversial offshore statue near Mumbai of a medieval warrior king that has been opposed by fishermen and environmentalists.

India opposition slams currency move as big scam, demands probe

Former Indian finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram on Tuesday attacked the government's demonetization move as the "biggest scam of the year" which would harm the country's economy.

10 dead, thousands evacuated as cyclone batters south India

At least 10 people were killed and thousands evacuated as Cyclone Vardah lashed coastal areas in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu on Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Chopper crash near Mumbai kills pilot, injures three

A helicopter crashed and caught fire in Mumbai's suburbs on Sunday, killing its pilot and injuring three passengers, police said.

All 2,775 stranded tourists rescued from storm-hit Indian islands

A fleet of ships and helicopters evacuated 2,775 tourists, including many foreigners, stranded due to a cyclonic storm on islands off the east coast of India, officials said Saturday.

800 tourists stranded on Indian island amid heavy rains

The Indian Navy Wednesday launched operations to evacuate 800 tourists stranded on an island in India's Andaman and Nicobar Island archipelago amid heavy rains.

"Mother" of India's Tamil Nadu state, Jayalalithaa dies aged 68

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, died at a hospital in Chennai on Monday, a day after she suffered a cardiac arrest, doctors said.

Ghani urges Pakistan to keep aid and focus instead on own terrorists

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Sunday that the 500 million dollars Pakistan has pledged in aid to Afghanistan would be better spent on stopping terrorism cells on its own soil.

Two die, more feared dead in blast at Indian explosives factory

Two workers died and as many as 14 more were feared dead at the site of an explosives factory blast in southern India, police said.

Disparity in Indian sex ratio is increasing, latest report shows

The number of Indian girls born compared to that for boys continues to decline, census data shows, despite nationwide campaigns to boost female birth levels.

Ten dead after militant attack on Indian Army unit in Kashmir

Militants attacked an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir state Tuesday sparking a gunbattle in which seven soldiers and three militants died, officials said.

Nepalese not allowed to use new Indian notes despite cash shortages

Nepalese will not be allowed to use new Indian bank notes worth 500 and 2,000 rupees (about 7 and 29 dollars) until India’s central bank authorises Nepal to do so, an official said Friday.

Modi: India's water will not be allowed to flow into Pakistan

India will exercise full control over its share of river waters that flow into Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday amid a row over a key water treaty between the hostile neighbours.

India pushes digital payments amid currency crackdown, protests

The Indian government announced several measures on Wednesday to promote digital money transfers and ease cash flows in rural areas following its demonetization of high value currency notes as opposition parties ramped up protests.

Pakistan says 12 killed by Indian shelling, gunfire in Kashmir

Pakistani officials said Indian troops fired at a passenger bus on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir region on Wednesday, killing nine civilians, amid rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

India train accident toll reaches 149; railways mull safety issues

The death toll from the weekend train derailment in northern India reached 149, but officials said Tuesday that it would rise as at least 60 people were critically injured.

India train crash toll rises to 142; families search for loved ones

The death toll in one of India's worst train crashes climbed to 142 on Monday as rescue workers who combed the site overnight for survivors, started wrapping up their work.

116 killed, more than 200 injured after train derails in north India

At least 116 people died, many in their sleep, and more than 200 were injured after an Indian passenger train derailed early Sunday in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Three soldiers killed in rebel attack in India's north-east

Three soldiers were killed and four wounded Saturday when suspected militants attacked an Indian Army convoy in the north-eastern state of Assam, officials said.

Pakistan warns India against escalation after soldiers killed

Islamabad on Monday warned New Delhi against escalating border tensions after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian shelling in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Modi seeks support for anti-graft drive, says threat to life

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an impassioned plea on Sunday to Indians to support his government's drive against corruption, saying he would stop at nothing despite threats to his life.

Anger grows in India amid cash swap crisis

Indians were still scrambling for cash on Saturday, the fourth day after the withdrawal of high-denomination notes as part of an anti-graft crackdown that political leaders say will benefit the economy.

Japan, India ink controversial nuclear pact

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday in Tokyo, despite public opposition to the pact in the two countries.

Banks out of cash, ATMs empty as India grapples with demonetization

ATMs across India ran out of cash by mid-morning Friday, three days after the government withdrew its highest-denomination currency notes as part of a crackdown on corruption.

India premier Modi appeals for investment from Japan

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for Japanese companies to invest in his country's fast-growing economy.

13 killed in Indian factory fire

Thirteen people were killed and several injured in a fire in a garment factory on the outskirts of the Indian capital, police said.

Manic rush at Indian banks as customers swap defunct currency notes

Indians waited in long queues outside banks on Thursday to exchange money after the country's highest-denomination currency notes were withdrawn as part of a government crackdown on corruption.

Britain opens trade talks with India as it prepares for Brexit

Britain on Monday launched talks to boost trade with India, the world's fastest growing major economy, as it seeks a new global role following its decision to exit the European Union.

Delhi halts construction, diesel generators in air pollution battle

Cricket matches were cancelled Sunday and school holidays extended as air pollution levels in the Indian capital continued to hover way above safe levels with no sign of respite.

Indian soldier killed in Pakistan border firing in Kashmir

An Indian soldier was killed and two civilians injured Sunday as Pakistani troops fired mortar shells across the de facto border known as the Line of Control in Kashmir, an Indian Army spokesman said.

Thirty dead in pair of Indian road accidents

At least 16 people died Saturday when their bus plunged down a gorge into a river in the northern Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh, police said.

Report: Leopard burnt alive by villagers in India

A leopard was burnt to death by angry villagers soon after it killed a girl in India's western state of Gujarat, a news report said Friday.

Britain's May in key India visit to develop post-Brexit ties

Britain's Theresa May visits India early next week in what could reveal her strategy on forging non-European Union alliances alongside a hardline approach to immigration.

Seven Indian civilians killed in Pakistan firing on border

Seven Indian civilians including two children were killed in firing by Pakistani troops on Tuesday amid tensions between the neighbouring states, Indian officials said.

Delhi, Indian cities choked with pollution after Diwali fireworks

Pollution levels hit alarmingly high levels in New Delhi and vast parts of India on Monday, the morning after Diwali, as smoke from huge quantities of fireworks clogged up the air.

India says three dead after Pakistani forces open fire in Kashmir

An Indian soldier and two civilians were killed when Pakistani border forces opened fire in Kashmir, Indian officials said Friday, as clashes along the frontier intensified.

India’s key Muslim shrine to lift ban on entry to women

A trust that runs Mumbai's Haji Ali mosque said on Monday it will revoke a ban on women entering the inner sanctum of the shrine, in accordance with court orders.

3 civilians, trooper killed in India-Pakistan border clashes

Three civilians and a trooper were killed while several were injured in cross-border firing between the forces of India and Pakistan, officials said Monday.

24 Maoist rebels killed in major anti-insurgency operation in India

At least 24 Maoist rebels were killed in a clash with police in south-eastern India Monday, in the country's deadliest anti-insurgency operation in recent years.

India wants to attract more foreign tourists, including those from Croatia

India, one of the world's largest countries with a population of 1.5 billion and exceptionally rich culture, history, gastronomy, a developed economy and tourism industry, wants to attract more than the current 11 million foreign tourists, including tourists from Croatia.

Pakistan bans Indian media content amid Kashmir tensions

A blanket ban on Indian content in Pakistani media came into effect Friday, a Pakistani regulator said, as tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours about the disputed region of Kashmir showed no signs of abating.

19 dead, more than one hundred injured, in Indian hospital fire

At least 19 people have died and over 100 have been injured in a fire in a hospital in eastern India, a local government official said Tuesday.

India warns of terror "mother ship" next door, doesn't name Pakistan

The mother ship of terrorism is in India's neighbourhood and has links across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday, referring to, but not naming, Pakistan.

Terrorism on agenda at BRICS leaders summit in Goa

Terrorism was expected to figure on the agenda as heads of government of the five BRICS emerging economies gathered in the southern Indian seaside destination of Goa Saturday for a two-day summit.

24 killed in stampede in Indian holy city of Varanasi

Twenty-four people were killed and four injured in a stampede at a religious gathering on the outskirts of the Indian holy city of Varanasi, police said on Saturday.

India and Russia sign defence deals worth billions

India and Russia signed defence and energy deals worth billions of dollars after a meeting of their leaders in the southern Indian state of Goa on Saturday.

Russia to send India S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems

Russia is expected to clinch a deal to provide India with S-400 long-range anti-aircraft missile systems, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Clashes erupt in Indian Kashmir after boy is killed in firing

A teenager was killed in firing by security forces in India-administered Kashmir, sparking widespread anger and prompting authorities to impose a curfew on Saturday.

EU to help India in cleaning holy Hindu river Ganges

European Union and India Friday signed an agreement in the field of water management which includes European assistance in helping clean Hinduism's holiest river, the Ganges.

Three militants dead after attack on Indian Army base in Kashmir

Indian soldiers killed three suspected militants who attacked an army camp Thursday in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, an army officer said.

Pakistan reaffirms support for Kashmiri separatists amid violence

Pakistani leaders on Monday vowed support for Kashmiri separatists as militants killed an Indian soldier in the second attack in a fortnight on an army camp in the Himalayan valley.

Border guard killed as militants attack army base in Indian Kashmir

Militants attacked an army camp in India-administered Kashmir on Sunday night killing one border guard, according to local police.

India becomes 62nd country to ratify Paris climate deal

India ratified the Paris climate agreement on Sunday, becoming the 62nd country to join the historic accord that could go into force by the end of the year.

South Asian summit called off amid India-Pakistan tensions

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which Nepal currently chairs, had been scheduled for November 9 and 10 in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

India, Pakistan exchange small arms fire, rhetoric over Kashmir

Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan on Saturday exchanged fire across a border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, violating a ceasefire.

Calm at border as India, Pakistan reel from deadly Kashmir clashes

Political tensions were high but guns remained silent at the border between India and Pakistan on Friday, as the nuclear-armed neighbours reeled from deadly clashes in the disputed region of Kashmir that took place a day earlier.

India confirms Kashmir operation amid high alert on Pakistan border

Several teams from the Indian Army's special forces entered Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in a four-hour operation overnight, an Indian official says.

India to boycott South Asia summit in Pakistan as tensions mount

India on Tuesday decided to pull out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad amid tensions with its neighbour following a deadly attack on its army base.

India deploys satellites in separate orbits in complex mission

India's space agency on Monday inserted eight satellites into two different orbits in one of its most complex and longest missions.

Pakistan exporting terrorism, says India's Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed a finger at Pakistan Saturday following a deadly army base attack, saying it was exporting terrorism to the world.

Residents evacuated amid floods in Indian IT city Hyderabad

Residents living in low-lying areas of Indian information technology hub Hyderabad were being evacuated Saturday and IT firms asked their employees to work from home as days of rain led to floods in the city, officials and news reports said.